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Words can leave a lasting effect on a child.

Parenting expert Kirsty Ketley says parents should be mindful of what they say, as the effects may not be seen on the surface, but could do lasting harm to a child. The biggest thing to remember is not to invalidate a kiddo’s feelings or thoughts.

These phrases are the ones Ketley says must never be used according to The Sun include the following:

  • Don’t be silly
  • You’re stupid
  • Big boys and girls don’t cry. This one is super damaging
  • Give (family member) a kiss (or hug). Let the child decide.
  • You’re a little chubby. No comment to a child on their weight should ever be used

Source: The Sun